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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
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"Living Christ In This World"
March 12 - March 18, 2012
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After learning about Moses, the second graders celebrated a Passover Seder meal. (Left to right: Caroline, Elsa, Angela Pompian, Tyler, Loie Hasler, Spencer, Mark, Alexander, Maya, Ben Bacino and Brooke)    
Preaching Rota
   The Rev. Jed Fox
 March 18  The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
 March 25  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
     April 1  The Rev. Richard Kew
     April 8  The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Sunday Adult Education

Archie_100x100The Rector's Forum

Please join Fr. Archie in the Taylor Room, as he continues to study the book of Exodus.




Faith & Life Forum  

john tylerThe Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, meets each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room. The current series is titled "The Public Ministry of Jesus According to Luke." Our topic for this Sunday is "The Feeding of the 5,000" (Luke 9:10-17).

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Giving in Generosity
The Youth Ministry is sponsored a series of parenting classes after the 9:15 AM liturgy. Your pledge dollars go to support all that we offer the youth and families here at CSMSG. As parent Tracee Holmes said in yesterday's bulletin, "The parenting seminar yesterday was great! I thought Michelle Bryan's thoughts and ideas about the importance of family time and setting boundaries were extremely helpful."

Thank you for your pledge. As of today, we have received 374 pledges for a total of $1,763,536.
This Week
Tuesday, March 13
The Church Service League/ECW
Christi ByeThe women of the ECW/Church Service League will be hosting Christi Bye at our March 13 meeting: the continuation of the Lenten Series.  Almost all of us have had the chance to hear Christi and her wonderful voice! For this year's topic, Lenten Meditations, she will be sharing her thoughts on how the music of Lent can add yet another dimension to our meditative process, during this time of preparation for the Resurrection. Bible Study at 11 AM; luncheon ($7) at noon, and Christi's presentation will follow. Do something special for your spiritual life this Lent and bring a friend!

March 13        Christi Bye
March 20        The Rev. Andrew Archie
March 27        The Rev. Pamela Dolan
Holy Week Speaker: The Rev. Richard Kew

Wednesday, March 14

Lenten Great Wednesdays
"Living the Lord's Prayer"
The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
When the people following Jesus asked him to teach them to pray, he gave them one prayer. During Great Wednesdays, we will explore the Lord's Prayer, as it has come to be called--what did Jesus say, how it shaped the church through history, and what it might look like for us to live this prayer in our own lives.

Great Wednesdays are a time for food, fellowship and formation in the season of Lent. RSVP to the receptionist at 314.721.1502 or alice@csmsg.org.
Simple Meal at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall
($7 suggested donation)
7:00 PM lecture in the Sverdrup Room
7:45 PM Compline in St. George's Chapel

March 14, 21 and 28

Saturday, March 17
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making 
10 AM    Taylor Room
sandwich making All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the  Bridge and FOCUS St. Louis clients. This month we'll be meeting on March 17 in the Taylor Room. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this ever growing need for our community.
Saturday Night Eucharist 
incense5:30 PM St. George's Chapel
"God So Loved the World"
Looking for a special way to observe Lent? Don't give up chocolate! Come to the Saturday night Eucharist instead. It's a beautiful service with candlelight and incense, held in St. George's Chapel.

Upcoming Saturday Vigil Eucharists:
March 17 and 24

Monday, March 19
11:45 AM    Sverdrup Room
Faith@Work will meet Monday, March 19, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1:00 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T. -- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, March 19, 10 AM to rsvp.
Looking for Volunteers
Flower Guild
The Flower Guild is looking for volunteers to assist with displaying the flowers on the altar and special events for the upcoming year. This is a fun way to get to know the women of the parish. If you're interested in learning more, please call Judy Kouchoukos at 314.997.1614 or antiquedoll@aol.com.

Wanted: 8 AM Greeter

We are looking for friendly people to be a greeter at Sunday 8 AM liturgies. Please call Patricia Johnson at 314.721.2881 for more information.


The CSMSG Girls Choir

In February, The Girls Choir went to Chicago for the first youth choir trip in over 20 The Girls Choir in Chicagoyears! They worked on their musicianship skills and sang at St. James Cathedral, including some fun excursions in the city. 


The CSMSG Girls Choir is still accepting new members, ages 9-18, to sing throughout this choral season concluding in May of 2012.  Contact Christi Bye now for more information by email at cbye@csmsg.org or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.

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CSMSG Centennial Celebration 
Photos and stories needed for our Centennial photo contest. Contact the church if you have something to share!  

Pew Rental? 
In 1913 pews at our church were rented! Stop by the niche located down the hall from the receptionist's desk to find out how much your favorite pew rented for. Let's hope the stewardship committee doesn't get any ideas! 

Upcoming Events   

Saturday, March 24
Adult Confirmation ClassMitre staff
This year, Fr. Fox will again be holding a class for adults wanting to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the Bishop visits this spring. This year there will be a one-day, six-hour class on the 24th of March from 8 AM-3 PM. A continental breakfast and cold lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up for the class you can email Fr. Fox or Debbie Fenner, or call the church at 314.721.1502.

Sunday, April 15
Race to Church
Due to the St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 15, there will be street closings and traffic delays. Forsyth, N. Forsyth, Delmar and Forest Park Avenue will all be closed. Please plan your route to church accordingly so that you won't be "running" late for the liturgy.
Church School Happenings
First graders learn about the Good Samaritan.
Come join us for Church School!


  YM_HS Trout Lodge group


Youth Ministry Spring Parenting Series on Cultural Influences on Our Teenagers concluded yesterday. DVDs for
from each of the four presentations are avaiable for check-out from the Youth Ministry shelf in the library.

High School Seniors: SAVE-THE-DATE! "Keeping the Faith in College!" You are invited for dinner and to hear Mark DeVries talk about your upcoming transition from high school to college! Mark your calendar for Monday, April 9 from 7-8:30 PM and join Mark, Isaac and Buzz in the Armstrong Room to talk about what the next six months holds in store for you! RSVP to youth@csmsg.org. Invitations will be mailed this week. 
High School Mission Trip Orientation has been held and all participants should have a registration packet now. Payments are due at this time. E-mail youth@csmsg.org to get your packet, or if you have questions about your balance or need to set up a payment plan. There is still time to sign up to participate on this trip, but we ask that you contact the YM staff now if you are interested, or know another person who is interested in attending. 

Middle School Mission Week June 11-15:
Make plans now for your 5th-8th grader to participate in local service opportunities. Cost is $50 for the week. Friends are WELCOME!
Download MS Mission Week brochure
2012 High School Mission Trip: Current 8th-12th graders are invited to join our HS mission team as we travel by train to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1.  E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up or for more information.

Look for your copy of our new Youth Ministry E-Newsletter each week! If you have not received this yet, please e-mail Buzz at Buzz@csmsg.org with your current e-mail address.


Fishin' for Folk

Church 'business cards' are available in the Great Hall and Narthex. Look for the flower pots. Please plant a card in a friend's hand and let them know about all the great things happening here.


Forward this e-letter to your friends!



Adult Formation 

Join Fr. Fox for Bible Study on Mondays

6:30 PM    Library

The Bible--It's big, it's complex and sometimes even a little frightening. You need someone to study alongside, someone to share the load of understanding the story of God's continued work of renewing the world. Come and study with Fr. Jed and other parishioners of St. Michael & St. George as they pursue this endeavor most Mondays in the Library at 6:30 PM.     


Mitre staffConfirmation is Coming! 

Fr. Fox will again be holding a class for adults wanting to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the Bishop visits this spring. This year there will be a one-day, six-hour class on the 24th of March from 8 AM-3 PM. A continental breakfast and cold lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up for the class you can email Fr. Fox or Debbie Fenner, or call the church at 314.721.1502.  

Columbarium Update

The Page Garden columbarium is nearing completion! As you may have noticed, the walls and niches have been constructed and the new pavers are laid. (Check them out--they're gorgeous!)  Landscape lights and sprinklers are roughed in, awaiting only the completion of the landscaping. A new gate remains to be built and installed.
We expect to return the urns from the lockers to their niches sometime in the spring, following Easter, when the weather will be more temperate. We will alert those who have loved ones in those urns prior to any such move.


Outreach Ministries

Canned goods at pantry
Hunger Ingathering 
This year's Hunger Ingathering for Spring will be from February 26 through April 1. The familiar yellow GAMAM bags will be available at church at the Receptionist's desk. Please fill the bag and return to the church. Please be generous, as this is a difficult time for many and the need for food is great during this season. When you bring food to the church, please place it on the shelves across from the Receptionist's desk. Won't you please help? This season, people are especially needful. Any canned, boxed or dried foods are urgently needed. The following are suggestions:
  •  Corned Beef Hash or Chicken and Dumplings
  •  Green Beans or Spinach
  •  Fruit Cocktail or Pineapple Chunks
  •  Vanilla Pudding or Martha White Bix Mix (needs only water)
The food pantry also welcomes soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, feminine products, diapers, formula, and peanut butter and jelly. Thank you for your generous help with this project.

Nicaragua Auction Items Needed
Items for auction are needed for the Dinner-Auction being held on Friday, April 27, to benefit the Nicaragua Mission Trip 2012. Please show support for this valuable ministry by considering a donation to the auction. Items needed include restaurant gift certificates, baseball tickets, Muny tickets, Fox tickets, dinner parties, gift items, Symphony tickets etc....  Contact Carroll Stribling at 314.533.0008 or Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 to receive a donation form.

The Nicaragua Donation Box Has Moved!
Donations for the Nicaragua Mission Trip can be dropped off at the wall closet across from the church library. Look for marked boxes inside. 

A wish list of needed items for this year's trip is posted on the Faith and Action bulletin board. Be a part of the mission trip by donating items to the second suitcases carried by the mission volunteers to Nicaragua.
Items needed include:
Children's Vitamins/Tylenol
Travel Size Toiletries
Socks  Size 5-Adult (Girls-White socks)  (Boys Navy/Black Socks) 
Underwear (briefs only)  Size 5-Adult
School supplies
Educational Toys   Gently used/new
Books (Spanish only)  Gently used/new


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Canterbury Bookstore 


All recommended books for the Lenten season and spiritual direction are available in Canterbury Bookstore. Please come in, call or e-mail the store when you need one of these resources. We look forward to helping you with your request.

Reconciliation by Martin Smith is a classic text on preparing for confession which gives the theological and spiritual background of the sacrament of reconciliation and offers suggestions for the practice of both hearing and making a confession.

First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew by Frederica Mathewes-Green is a fascinating guided exploration of an eighth-century hymn. Mathewes-Green encourages her readers to personally apply Christian concepts like repenting, understanding the nature of sin and experiencing God in prayer.

Tokens of Trust by Rowan Williams where, with vast knowledge of Christian history and theology and characteristically elegant prose, Rowan Williams is a superb and compassionate guide through the richness and depth of Christian faith.

Stop by today and review the selections on display in the Canterbury Bookstore.

Bookstore hours:
Sunday 8:30-11:30
Monday 10-noon
Thursday 10-3
Friday 8:30-noon
Special events as posted.  Call for a special time if you need. 
We are happy to serve you.

John Rowe

Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund of The Church of St. Michael and St. George was established in 1943. It was created to provide the church consistent supplemental funding for vital services, support during difficult economic times, and additional resources for mission growth. Over the past decades, while investments have been prudently made, parishioners and friends of the parish have not always remembered the fund in their estate planning and the Fund has not grown sufficiently to continue to meet its original purposes.


Today, as our society continues to evolve, the need for a strong Endowment has never been greater. In 2010, the Endowment Expansion Committee was formed to develop a long-term strategy to expand the Fund to a sufficient size to meet the church's current and future needs. The Committee, chaired by John Rowe, includes: Ken Bean, Laurie Brown, Spencer Burke, Marianna Deal, Becky Fouke, Nick Kouchoukos, Talbot MacCarthy, Jeff Miller, Stephen Nickelson, Joe Sheehan and JoAnn Vorih.


In early 2012, the Committee intends to share its plan for Endowment Fund expansion with the entire church membership.  In the meantime, several targeted presentations have been made to the members of the Vestry, former Wardens and other church members. The resulting donations and commitments for future donations to the Fund have been quite encouraging.
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Women's Retreat 2012 

Thank you to all who attended and helped organize this year's Women's Retreat. We had a great turnout and enjoyed fellowship, prayer, music, worship and reflection. Join us for next year's retreat: March 1 and 2, 2013.

Please Note

The correct version of Phoebe Pettingell's Duo article is on the CSMSG website http://www.csmsg.org/main/duo-magazine.html  


Birth Announcements Needed

Please contact Debbie Fenner at debbie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 when there is a birth in the church family, so we can properly welcome the new baby into the parish.


CSMSG Pre-primary Enrollment

We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 18-24 months on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM and 2-3 years on Monday through Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. We are also offering a five-morning schedule for both classes. Our programs are taught by a degreed teacher and have proven quite successful since their inception. For more information, call Carol at 314.721.1502.

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The Servers' Guild   

The Servers' Guild provides a unique opportunity for students from 6th through 12th grades to participate in the Sunday liturgies and gain a deeper appreciation for our traditions and style of worship. If you would like to join a group of young people who are dedicated to enhancing the worship experience at CSMSG, contact Fr. Mike Wheeler.


Altar Guild  
We invite you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member of the Altar Guild. This ministry is dedicated to the service of God by lovingly preparing the altars. Many hands are needed, weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Betsy Panke: 314.993.6487 or

Valet Parking

Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being provided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!